There's a wonderful sight gag in Postcards from the Edge, the movie based on the novel based on Carrie Fisher's life.
The Fisher character, just released from drug rehab, is in the kitchen having an argument with her mother. Personifying her cleaner-than-thou attitude, the mother is making herself a smoothie, filling the blender with the healthiest fruit and veggies you can imagine.
And just before hitting the go button, blink and you'll miss it, she adds a generous splash of vodka.
That's it, right there - the kind of societal hypocrisy that Fisher noted and skewered throughout her life, hilariously. Sure, I have drug problems, she said. I self-medicate, and I'm not alone.
She wanted to stop this kind of stuff - mental health problems and their medications - from hiding in the shadows where it does the most harm.
She named it, all of it: the too-strong pot she smoked with Harrison Ford during the filming of Star Wars; the cocaine problem she brought to Empire Strikes Back (she had plenty of jokes about snow on the Hoth set); and yes, the booze that causes just as many problems as any illegal or prescription drug.
When the official coroner's report on Fisher's untimely death was released Monday, there was a move on the part of some fans to draw a discreet veil over parts of it - specifically the fact that she had cocaine, heroin, codeine, oxycodone and MDMA in her system.
Especially given that the nearest thing to a cause of death was sleep apnea, they reasoned, wasn't this just invasion of privacy from beyond the grave?
But as other fans swiftly pointed out, Carrie never wanted to draw a veil over anything involving substance use, abuse or her mental health.
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